I need some feedback please - re: running

I have recently graduated the C25K and have started Bridge210K (Bluefin). So I am still fairly new to the experience of running. This is my question and would appreciate any feedback/info or personal experiences that other runners may have concerning the same.

What I am finding is that somedays I feel like I can run forever - everything just falls into place and I accomplish a lot and feel exhilerated and happy after a run. However, there have been a couple of times where I "feel" ready to run, but when I get out there, I simply can't seem to breathe right or strike correctly and my mindset can't get into it as it does on most other run days. I absolutely love running and feel inspired and empowered when I do but some days I can't seem to pick up my feet and put them in front of one another. I do take rest days and stretch after every run....

I am wondering if this is a "normal" thing with runners - do you experience occasional days where you feel like a beginner all over again and can't seem to run what you had already accomplished running several times already??

Thanks so much for any feedback :O)

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  • Azdak
    Azdak Posts: 8,281 Member
    Exercise training--esp exercise performance training--consists of cycles of loading and recovery. Depending on a number of factors, the recovery cycle of a workout, or series of workouts, doesn't always match your workout schedule.

    What you experience just means that your body hasn't recovered sufficiently to do the workout you have planned that day. It happens to everyone. Don't worry about it.

    A good run is just around the corner.
  • BrianSharpe
    BrianSharpe Posts: 9,249 Member
    Exercise training--esp exercise performance training--consists of cycles of loading and recovery. Depending on a number of factors, the recovery cycle of a workout, or series of workouts, doesn't always match your workout schedule.

    What you experience just means that your body hasn't recovered sufficiently to do the workout you have planned that day. It happens to everyone. Don't worry about it.

    A good run is just around the corner.

    ^^^ This

    The good news is that as you progress the bad days become fewer and farther in between.
  • dorothytd
    dorothytd Posts: 1,138 Member
    Normal!!! What they said ^^! I have a friend who runs marathons, and does a lot of long distance. He has bad days and it makes me feel so much better!! :smile:
  • jen10st
    jen10st Posts: 325 Member
    Yep, some days I feel like I'm going to collapse and my legs just won't go another step and are made of lead. But on those days I remind myself of how when its a good run I'm flying through the air and I'm enjoying it so much I can't help but grin and have to atop myself dancing to the iPod. Basically when its good its the best feeling in the world and when its bad I know it can only get better and at the end of a bad run I still feel good because I did it. (spot the running addict haha) :bigsmile:
  • californiagirl2012
    californiagirl2012 Posts: 2,625 Member
    I have recently graduated the C25K and have started Bridge210K (Bluefin). So I am still fairly new to the experience of running. This is my question and would appreciate any feedback/info or personal experiences that other runners may have concerning the same.

    What I am finding is that somedays I feel like I can run forever - everything just falls into place and I accomplish a lot and feel exhilerated and happy after a run. However, there have been a couple of times where I "feel" ready to run, but when I get out there, I simply can't seem to breathe right or strike correctly and my mindset can't get into it as it does on most other run days. I absolutely love running and feel inspired and empowered when I do but some days I can't seem to pick up my feet and put them in front of one another. I do take rest days and stretch after every run....

    I am wondering if this is a "normal" thing with runners - do you experience occasional days where you feel like a beginner all over again and can't seem to run what you had already accomplished running several times already??

    Thanks so much for any feedback :O)

    Yes this is normal. I've been a runner and weight lifter for over 30 years now. I have run 3miles to 50 miles, marathons, and everything in between. With any exercise you have good days and bad days and there are many factors, sleep, fatigue, stress, water, food, muscle soreness, mental attitude. Sometimes you know you are going to have a good day and sometimes you don't know until you get out there and run. Sometimes it's hard the whole way, sometimes you feel great after a few miles, sometimes you feel great from the start and throughout the whole run. Sometimes you know it will be good, sometimes you know it will be hard and you have to push through, sometimes you are surprised either way when you get out there. Last week I was fighting a cold and my runs and gym sessions were wimpy. This week they are strong.

    The longer you do it the more you will learn how your body reacts. Overall you are doing yourself a great favor and improving your health. Learn to listen to your body and give it what it needs, rest, moderate pace, easy pace, hard push, etc and it will love you for it. Have fun! -Bobbie
  • Yep, totally normal, some days running feels like the hardest thing in the world, other days it feels like you're flying! I've found that as I've been logging more miles, the really tough days happen less often, but they still happen.

    Remember that its the tough ones that make you stronger and keep you humble! My advice would be to keep going when it feels tough - don't turn around when it gets hard, but slow the pace a little and take a few walk breaks if you have to.

    Feel free to add me if you want some support from a regular runner. I'm not fast, but I'm addicted :)
  • TazzytheMotivator
    TazzytheMotivator Posts: 646 Member
    I'm avid runner, and somedays i can't seem to get it together. Make sure you energize yourself first, physically and mentally. It will all come together. If you are experiences pains in your chest , please seek medical advice before you run again,
  • ivesage
    ivesage Posts: 2 Member
    Totally normal, I too am a runner and have the same experiences. Just get your mind right and pull thru the challenging runs and enjoy the great runs!
  • LoraF83
    LoraF83 Posts: 15,694 Member
    All day at work on Friday, I was sitting at my desk just antsy to go run. As soon as I got home, I changed clothes, laced up my shoes and headed out the door. It was the worst 2 miles I've had in a long time. I couldn't catch my breath. I had trouble pacing myself. I ended up taking several walking breaks. It was awful. And normal. We all have bad runs now and then. But, just like bad days, it makes you appreciate the good ones even more :)
  • toogsmom
    toogsmom Posts: 81 Member
    Everything stated here is true! Im also glad that everyone is so positive and you didnt get an , "oh suck it up!" LOL! I really hate when posts becomes negative! Keep running! We all have bad days. Just keep going! what you described has happened to me on several occasions ...at first it was so frustrating!! Now , I have noticed they dont happen as often. When they do usually right around the corner is a run goal met...its like I turn the corner to a new fitness level! Stay positive and remember SLO MO is still better than NO MO!!!
  • tpt1950
    tpt1950 Posts: 292 Member
    Thank you so much for all your replies - I can't tell you how much better I feel about it all! It's kind of everyone to take the time to tell me of your experiences on this matter. It's very much appreciated!!